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Twilight of Environmental Idols
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Twilight of Environmental Idols

Ted Nordhaus of The Breakthrough Institute provides insight into the motivations of the environmental movement. “In this, the regressive and obstructionist impulses of the environmental community do not represent a deviant impulse, a failure to grapple with the scale and nature of global climate change, or a mistaken turn toward utopianism when pragmatism is called...

American Prairie Shows How the Free Market is Conserving our Natural Environment
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American Prairie Shows How the Free Market is Conserving our Natural Environment

The first time I heard of “free market environmentalism” I was fairly skeptical. My assumption about private capital was that its primary duty was to multiply, but this view demonstrated a failure to properly understand market potential. Markets allow people to provide capital and, so long as enough is offered, receive just about anything they’d...

Notre Dame Dedicates Hydro Facility as Renewable Energy Efforts Grow
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Notre Dame Dedicates Hydro Facility as Renewable Energy Efforts Grow

"Other schools to recently implement energy-efficient projects include Smith College breaking ground on a geothermal project, Boston University using geothermal heat pumps in a new building on campus, and the University of Hartford saving $1 million annually with energy upgrades. The University of California San Diego also has a proposed demonstration project that will look at blending hydrogen and natural gas to help with energy transitions."

Our Friendly Neighborhood Nuclear Reactor
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Our Friendly Neighborhood Nuclear Reactor

"Rising global energy costs and questions about the reliability of wind and solar have produced a new moment for nuclear. Governments considering keeping their nuclear power plants operating or adding nuclear to their energy mix should know that it isn’t inevitable that a new reactor will provoke local opposition."

Sweet return: German farmer gets both solar power and apples
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Sweet return: German farmer gets both solar power and apples

"Researchers hope the tests will show that tree fruit crops thrive under solar panels. This could help prevent renewable energy production from competing for precious land with agriculture — a growing concern for those seeking to tackle climate change and rising food prices."

Is it Time to Move on From Artificial Turf?
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Is it Time to Move on From Artificial Turf?

As municipalities look to become more eco-friendly a switch to grass may be beneficial to the environment and local ecology. In the case of the NFL, it may just lead to fewer injuries of the league’s greatest superstars.

The EV charger that drops from the sky
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The EV charger that drops from the sky

David Ferris of E&E News writes about Seattle’s plan to increase EV chargers. “Seattle’s new pilot program will place 30 chargers throughout the city, with a special focus on disadvantaged neighborhoods. The municipal utility is running the program with input from other city agencies, like the transportation department, which oversees curbs.” Read the full article...

The next eco-friendly trend: Edible cups, spoons and straws
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The next eco-friendly trend: Edible cups, spoons and straws

"New edible products, made from ingredients like rice and sugar, include strawberry-flavored drinking straws for your smoothie (or margarita), oat-and-grain coffee cups (in regular or chocolate), and black pepper-flavored spoons that pair well with soup or mac and cheese."

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